How To Create A Twitter Moment

Twitter moments are a new feature recently added to the service. A Twitter moment is a user curated collection of tweets. Think Snapchat story except it doesn't disappear. Twitter moments have been rolled out to users worldwide and perhaps you might have seen a moment or two shared by one of the accounts you follow. Here's how you can create your very own Twitter moment. Read More

How To Hide Your ‘Active’ Status On Facebook Messenger

Facebook had made its Messenger app a stand alone chat application. Its recent updates are pushing it more towards being a better replica of Snapchat but it remains so that even if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still use it. When you send a message to a contact over Facebook Messenger, it shows you whether or not said person is active. If said person is inactive, it shows you how long ago they were active. For everyone who has you added as a contact in Facebook Messenger, the very same information about you is available to them. If you find it too intrusive, you can turn it off. Here's how. Read More

How To Fast Forward & Rewind A YouTube Video By Ten Seconds [Android]

YouTube has long had a forward and back button for jumping to the next or previous video in playlist. The forward button works outside playlists as well and allows you to play the next suggested video. As far as jumping forward or back within the same video goes, you can only use the seek bar to do so on iOS. On Android, YouTube has received an update that allows users to fast forward or rewind a video by exactly ten seconds. The feature is activated by double tapping the left edge of a video to go back, and the right edge to jump ahead. Read More

How To Create Groups In Snapchat

Snapchat has always been about one-on-one conversations. If there's something you want to share with multiple people, you can add it to your story for everyone to see. That's how it works; you either share something with your friends one-by-one, or you publicize it for everyone to see. To make sharing a story with select friends easier, Snapchat has (finally) introduced groups. You can create a group of sixteen friends and share a story with them all at once. Here's how you can create groups in Snapchat. Read More

How To ‘Save’ An Instagram Post From Your Feed

Instagram has slowly been adding Snapchat like features with past updates. It's made a somewhat decent effort at mimicking these feature. For the most part, Instagram has focused on new features without making any improvements to how it works. The UI might have changed but the functionality is more or less the same as it was since the app was first released. In a recent update, Instagram has finally added a feature aimed at improving the user experience; a bookmark feature. Users can now save posts they like to their account. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use Shazam Inside Snapchat To Find & Listen To Songs

Snapchat often partners with other services and brands to give its users special in-app features. The latest service to join forces with Snapchat is Shazam. Shazam lets you identify songs and the service is so popular that even Siri uses it. With Snapchat, you can use it to identify and listen to the song playing in your vicinity. It doesn't let you send the song to a friend or add it to your Snapchat. You can use Shazam inside Snapchat so that you don't have to leave the app to identify or listen to a song. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use The Nearby Tracking Feature In Pokèmon Go

Tracking Pokèmon in Pokèmon Go was a very buggy feature when the game first launched because the game servers were usually always under immense load and tracking wasn't very reliable. Niantic responded to the many players complaints directed towards this feature by removing. They instead added a 'Sightings' feature to compensate for it and rolled out an experimental 'Nearby' feature to select users. The Nearby tracking feature in Pokèmon Go is an improved version of the original tracking feature and it has now been made available to players in other regions. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Transfer Multiple Pokèmon To Professor Willow In Pokèmon Go

Pokèmon Go lets you keep 250 Pokèmon in your bag. If you consider just how many Pidgeys and Rattatas appear on average, and you decide to catch them just for the XP, your bag is going to fill up very quickly. There is a very simple way to work around this; transfer the Pokèmon to Professor Willow. The feature has been part of the game from the very start. Originally, you had to transfer one Pokèmon at a time. An update to the app now lets you transfer multiple Pokèmon at once. Here's how. Read More

How To Use Shooting Modes In Google Camera [Android]

Some camera apps have a dedicated night mode for taking photos in low light. Instagram has a night mode for its Story feature in iOS though not for the main camera feature and it makes photos in low light look better. A recent update to the Google Camera app has brought something similar to for Android users; shooting modes. While shooting modes in Google Camera do not feature a night mode, they do include modes for shooting better photos when it is sunny or cloudy. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Enable/Disable The Quality Filter For Your Twitter Timeline

Twitter introduced a quality filter for the Notifications timeline a while ago. It is enabled by default and  it effects other timelines, not just the Notification timeline. It can result in you missing quite a few tweets. Case in point, I've been seeing very few new tweets in my timeline despite following over 800 accounts. I don't recall enabling the quality filter which leads me to believe Twitter enabled it by default when the feature was rolled out for my account. If you have been seeing too few new tweets in your timeline, you might need to disable the quality filter. If you are overwhelmed by too many tweets in your timeline, you might want to consider enabling the quality filter. Here's how. Read More

How To Download Movies & TV Shows For Offline Viewing In Netflix

Netflix has finally introduced offline viewing. At present it is limited to select movies and TV shows. It works  only on an iOS or Android device and is available through an app update. The feature allows you to download entire movies or episodes of a series you're watching to your device. In the event you do not have an internet connection, or you don't want to burn through your data plan while travelling, you can download something to watch later. Here's how the feature works. Read More

YouTube Indicates Partially Watched Videos & Resumes Playback Where You Left Off

The YouTube web interface and mobile apps have been updated with a resume watching feature. When you watch a YouTube video but don't finish watching it all the way to the end, YouTube remembers where you left off. It then indicates on the video's thumbnail how much of the video you've watched. When you click on it, the video resumes from the exact place you left it off. Here's what the feature looks like in action. Read More

How To Add A Do Not Disturb Switch To The Volume Controls In Android 7

Android has a do not disturb mode that you can enable to block out all unimportant alerts. The feature was introduced in Android 6 along with Quick Settings in the Notifications shade. This shade includes a toggle for enabling and disabling do not disturb. The shade can be accessed from any and all screens which means you can enable and disable do not disturb from any screen. If the shade isn't the easiest for you to access, Android 7 has an option to include a Do Not Disturb toggle in the volume controls. When you press either of the two physical volume keys on your device, a slider appears on your screen for managing the volume. As of Android 7, you can add a Do Not Disturb switch to this on-screen slider. Here's how. Read More

How To Send Disappearing Photos And Videos In Instagram

There's no pretending Instagram isn't taking feature hints from Snapchat. The ripoff is blatant and likely to continue until one app buys the other out. The latest feature that Instagram has copied from Snapchat is disappearing photos and videos. You can send an auto-expiring photo or a video to an Instagram account that you follow and that follows you back. The account will be able to view it once and never again. You can add text and draw over an image before sending it. Read More

How To Create A Snapchat Spectacles Video Without Spectacles

Snapchat has released a product called 'Spectacles'. You can buy these spectacles from special vending machines for $130. They're basically camera glasses that you can't buy from any place other than the vending machines. If you don't have the money to spend on Snapchat's new little toy, or you can't find a vending machine near you, you're going to have to do with a work around. SnapView is a web app that takes any video formats it exactly like a Spectacles video. You can then share it with your friends on Snapchat. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Scan & Digitize Your Old Photographs With Your Phone

Digital cameras, when they fist appeared on shelves, were expensive. It took a while for them to get cheaper and for phones on cameras to get better. Most people continued to use standard film cameras for capturing the special events in their lives. The photos were developed and either stored in bulky albums or put away in shoe boxes. Digital cameras and smartphones have made point and shoot cameras obsolete but they didn't get rid of our old photographs. Those, at the time expensive to develop memories, were printed on a standard 4x6 photographic sheet and they live in our small storage spaces. You can scan them to preserve a digital copy but that is quite a time consuming task. Google has just released a new app called PhotoScan that lets you use your phone to scan and digitize your old photographs. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use QR Codes For Twitter Accounts

Twitter has rolled out QR codes because, why not? Facebook's Messenger app has them. The Twitter QR codes allow you to scan a code and automatically start following the account it belongs to. Likewise you can get a QR code for your Twitter profile and share it wherever you want. QR codes are available for all types of accounts i.e. verified and unverified. Since it impractical to scan or share a QR code from Twitter's web interface, they cannot be accessed from it. A QR code can only be copied and shared from Twitter's official mobile apps. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Mute A Twitter Conversation

Twitter introduced a feature to mute accounts that you follow quite a while ago. The feature blocks tweets from the account in question but allows you to continue following it. Twitter has introduced a new feature now; muted conversations. You can now mute entire conversations that take place in reply to a particular Tweet. It's incredibly useful for when you get caught in a Twitter argument that you aren't really that vested in. The mute function works for Twitter threads and not for hashtags. Read More

How To Disable Learning New Words With SwiftKey’s Incognito Mode

Android has long supported third-party keyboards and Swiftkey is one of the most popular keyboards available for Android. Swiftkey is pretty awesome and it can take what Google has learned about your typing habits and incorporate it. That said, your keyboard should not learn all the words that you type. There are some you can do without adding to the keyboard's knowledge base. It can mess with the auto-correct and effect your typing which is why Swiftkey has introduced an incognito mode. The incognito mode switches off learning while you type. Read More

How To Enable Screen Filters To Compensate For Color Blindness In Android

Technology has long been playing an important part in helping people with disabilities live better lives. Disabilities that have a bigger impact on a person's quality of life such as PTSD or an amputated limb get more attention in terms of treatment since they are harder to overcome. That doesn't mean other more manageable disabilities are overlooked. Color blindness is a vision impairment that prevents people from seeing colors correctly. On the surface of it, you aren't blind and can live a relatively normal life. In reality, you have a genuine problem seeing things properly. The problem can't be corrected with a standard pair of prescription glasses. This is precisely where technology makes life easier. If you use an Android phone, anything that runs Android 6.0 or above, you can enable screen filters that compensate for your particular type of color blindness. Here's how. Read More